Middle school students from the South Suburbs of Cook County will have a chance to attend IMSA’s 2011 summer science camps, thanks to a $10,000 grant from ARAMARK Education to the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education.
IMSA President Dr. Glenn “Max” McGee gratefully thanked ARAMARK for their generous gift and their commitment to providing opportunities for Cook County youth to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics in a hands-on, engaging and fun environment.
|pictured l-to-r: IMSA Coordinator of Statewide Student Initiatives Tracy Miller; State Rep. Al Riley; Valerie Davis, district administrator for Rep David Miller; ARAMARK Education Director of Business Development Mark Green; Superintendent of Hazel Crest Dist. 152 1/2 Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams; IMSA President Dr. Glenn W. "Max" McGee; ARAMARK Education Director of Business Development Yvette Turner; State Sen. Toi Hutchinson; IMSA Executive Director of Professional Field Services Michelle Kolar; and State Rep. William Davis.|
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with ARAMARK and the Superintendents Commission on Demographics and Diversity to be able to provide hands-on, real-world learning experiences in STEM fields to middle school students in Cook County,” said IMSA President Dr. Glenn W. “Max” McGee. “We commend ARAMARK’s commitment to enhancing the education of youth in local communities.”
In the past decade, IMSA’s statewide programs for youth have provided hands-on, integrative learning explorations in mathematics, science and technology for thousands of students. New programs in Summer 2010 included Tracking Killer Storms and Extreme Math & Science @IMSA. Summer@IMSA programs this year included locations in Aurora, Carbondale, Chicago, Lake County, Rockford and Springfield.
“These programs lay the foundation for students to develop scientific and mathematical capacities such as critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, collaboration and effective communication,” said Executive Director of Professional Field Services Michelle Kolar.
For a complete list of this year’s summer programs for students in grades 3-10, visit https://www.imsa.edu/extensionprograms/SummeratIMSA.
“We are proud to support IMSA and the Superintendents Commission,” said Dennis Maple, President, ARAMARK Education. “We recognize the importance of introducing children to science, technology, engineering and math early in life. The IMSA Summer Camps provide students with a truly engaging, interactive learning experience.”
ARAMARK Education has provided quality food and nutrition, facility, uniform and other support services to the K-12 community for over 55 years, and currently partners with more than 500 K-12 school districts in the U.S.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (www.imsa.edu)
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